Questions related to GIS objects that have three dimensions.

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writing a 3D polygon (arcpy)

I currently working on some scripts with 3D polygons using arcpy (arcgis10). Reading and data manupulation works fine, however writing the output back into a shapefile doesn't seem to work, it only ...
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Can I view ArcScene 3D models in a free viewer such as ArcReader or another 3rd party viewer?

I would like to build a complex 3D model in ArcScene, export it and send it to someone else that does not have ArcGIS with 3D Analyst. The idea is to interactively navigate the model during a ...
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Can I create, union and intersect 3D multipatch features using 3D Analyst extension (ArcGIS 10)?

I'm on ArcGIS 10. According to all the documentation I've read, 3D Analyst should be able to do what I am trying to get it to do, but I am running into problem after problem and I'm almost ready to ...
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Which Windows GIS editors support the creation of 3D shapefiles besides ArcGIS with 3D Analyst?

I need to find and easy and affordable way to generate 3D linear shapefiles in Windows so one of our users can inspect our tool. We incorrectly assumed that he had 3D shapefile source data available ...
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Why does the 3D Analyst 2D export renderer create anomalies?

A lot have been improved in the 3D Analyst 10 including the ability to export large scenes as large 2D images. However, some problems still exist one of which is: When I export a scene that contains a ...
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3D map with latitude and longitude

I have a 3D map with latitude and longitude details. Is there a way I can take a 2D image (a png image) from 3D model in such a way that my 2D image also have the latitude and longitude as it is in 3d ...
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Can I project 3D DXF vertical cross section into a “plan view projection plane” for display in ArcMap?

Below is the lenghty explanation but simply put my question is: How can I project a 3D DXF file (vertical cross section) into a "plan view projection" for use in ArcMap? I am using Target (by ...
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DXF attribute to z value

We have been given a DXF that contains a Elevation attribute but we would like to generate a 3D DXF. I know I can generate a 3D dxf from a shapefile using: ogr2ogr -f "DXF" out.dxf in.shp -zfield ...
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Rendering 3D timezones KML on a 2D map

I'm trying to render a KML layer (with timezones) in Google Maps API v3. The KML layer works fine in 3D (in Google Earth), but when I render it in 2D, the timezone lines that meet at the North Pole ...
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Layer 3D to Feature Class Empty Output

I'm trying to build 3D buildings from 2D footprints. I extrude by the building heights, and input the surface by editing the properties. From here I use the Layer 3D to Feature Class tool to convert ...
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Assign Z value to start & end of PostGIS line

I have a line table in my PostGIS database and a table with invert levels for the start and end of each line. My goal is to create create 3D lines in my table, from my invert data. I know I can use ...
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Visualization of 3D shapefiles with Mapserver and Postgis

I'm wondering is there a way to visualize 3d data with mapserver? 3D .shp files are in postgis database, and I already connected mapserver to database, but with simple layer in mapfile.
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What software to use as an all-around solution for mining GIS?

My employer wants me to look into constructing geology maps, modeling 3D subsurface geological formations, producing geological cross sections and other mining related products from various drill hole ...
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How can I make my data efficient and “light” to do 3D Visualizations in Google Earth?

As a test run, I'd like to visualize population on census blocks for a few states (New England for example). I assume that the kml to do this will be huge, when you factor in the census boundaries and ...
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Is there a standardized or “most used” dummy Z value?

Creating and importing both 2D and 3D data, I have many times encountered the situation where I have no Z value for a coordinate set, that the value of a Z coordinate seems out of range (like -99, ...
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Displaying z-values in arcscene

Probably there is a very simple solution to my problem - I just can't find one! I have a point shapefile with x, y and z data - I can display it in arcscene but it is flat - the z data isn't being ...
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getting from a DEM to points that could be used for a TIN

I have a DEM, and would like to create a set of points that I can use to make a mesh for a 3d modeling program, such as Maya, Blender, or SketchUp. If I were to make a TIN from a DEM in ArcGIS, ArcGIS ...
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Displaying 3D subsoil models in ArcScene

I was wondering if anybody had any ideas on how to display a 3D subsoil model in arcscene? The data we will have will be exported from rockworks in point form - and then we need to convert it to - ...
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How to mix polygon extrusion and different altitude modes in KML?

I want to create boxes by simply extruding polygons but with special "floors". I've been able to find several existing solutions for the extrusion problem. The remaining problem is that the "floor" of ...
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Using projections to obtain perspective views

I understand that a perspective view is essentially a type of projection. Is it possible to create projection definitions for a typical GIS system that will mimic a perspective view from a particular ...
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3D visualization for marine navigation

Is there anyone who has some experience or knowledge on 3D visualization and/or GIS softwares capable of displaying 3D bathymetric data and 3D ship model together? Nearly all GIS softwares work with ...
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Three Dimensional Routing Input Location Errors and Questions, ArcGIS10

I am having a bit of a problem with my three dimensional route solving. I am creating an interior building network, and ideally would be routing from room to room. I created a line feature class, with ...
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Making 3D landscape area appear in Vectorworks 2011

I am using Vectorworks 2011 to build a site plan. I would like to include a 3D view using a "Landscape Area" to display a block of vegetation. I have drawn the shape of the area, set the 3D view to ...
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How do you make 3d features from survey point data in arcGIS 9.3?

I have survey point data brought into ArcGIS using Survey Analyst Extension. I have created my 2D shapefiles of the cross-sections, thalwegs, and roadways but I can not get it to populate the zfield ...
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ArcGlobe .3dd file doesn't display

Has anyone seen the following problem? I've created a sample ArcGlobe application with Visual Studio - this obviously gives me the template where I should be able to launch the app. Said application ...
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What is a “CFG” application in GIS terminology probably?

I come across a 2008 tech presentation PDF on "GIS-Enabled Modeling and Simulation (GEMS) presented by ESRI (i think for the US Army). On one of the page titled "Challenges to be overcomed", there is ...
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Open a location in Bing Maps 3D

Does anyone know how I can link to a location in Bing Maps and have it open in 3D mode? A link formatted like this: ...